|Battle for the Philippines and Assault on Iwo Jima WWII Newsreel 71032|
This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte. The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan...
Keywords: newsreel; WWII; Japan; Philippines; MacArthur; Marines; Mt. Suribachi; Manila; Battle of Leyte; amphibious assault; WWII; combat
|Battle for Tunisia and Victory at Stalingrad WWII Newsreel 70802|
Dating from 1943, this fascinating newsreel features footage of the British 8th Army and American and Free French forces battling in North Africa against Rommel's Afrika Korps, and the Russian victory at Stalingrad. The film begins with the Battle of Mareth, part of an Allied operation under General Bernard Montgomery in Tunisia intended to assault the Mareth Line defenses held by German and Italian forces under General Giovanni Messe...
Keywords: WWII; newsreel; Stalingrad; Wehrmacht; Erwin Rommel; North Africa; combat
|Battle of Midway - U.S. Navy|
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting...
Keywords: U.S. Navy propaganda film
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|Boeing Stratocruiser Promotional Film "Tomorrow's Airplane Today" (silent) 70942|
Created by acclaimed filmmaker Jerry Fairbanks for the Boeing Co. in the immediate post-WWII era, "Tomorrow's Airplane Today" celebrates the Stratocruiser. (This version of the film comes from a film archive and is silent; in release of course the film had a soundtrack and we're currently hunting for it.)The film features rare views of the Boeing plant in Seattle as it looked during WWII -- completely covered in camouflage netting and paint...
Keywords: Boeing; Stratocruiser; Jerry Fairbanks; airplanes; WWII; B-29; Superfortress; C-97 Stratofreighter; Seattle; camouflage
|Bombing of Pearl Harbor - Castle Films|
This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aftermath of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Footage shows the wrecked seaplane base on Ford Island, the destroyer USS Shaw (DD-373) wrecked in its drydock, the battleship USS Utah (BB-13) capsized, and the mighty USS Arizona (BB-39) a twisted mass of smouldering metal.